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“Eye Witness; David Maisel’s Black Maps.”October, 2005. Cunningham, Caroline.

“The aerial perspective helped him draw the parallel between the havoc caused by a volcanic eruption and that by human industry, and set him on his course of recording the aftermath of human destruction. Maisel views his sites – devastated forests, abandoned coal mines, barren lake beds-from a low-flying Cessna, and photographs them at an angle to avoid the horizon line. The elevated viewpoint creates a sense of physical suspension;  the acrid colors and complex forms increase our unease.”

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